Saturday, April 1: OPENING PARTY (6-8PM) at Center for History, Culture & Arts (HCA), Water Street. Join us for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and an eclectic art exhibit featuring paintings, photographs, birdhouses, models and more – all with shotgun houses as their motif. Exhibitors are local and national, novices and professionals.
Sunday, April 2: RECEPTION (4PM) & TALENT SHOW (5PM) at Holy Family Senior Center. 7th Street and Avenue L. Enjoy an exhibit of rare old photographs of Holy Family School and the African American Hill community, followed by music and dance performances. Photo exhibit will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 2-5PM, throughout the month.
Tuesday, April 4: MEET & GREET ARTIST KAREN HITT. At HCA. See Hitt’s work at www.anoriginalhitt.com.
Wednesday April 5-Friday April 7: PLEIN AIR PAINT-A-SHOTGUN WORKSHOP with Karen Hitt. Open to artists of any experience and any medium. Sign up at HCA. Bring your own supplies (scholarships available).
Saturday, April 8: SAVE OUR SHOTGUNS: A SYMPOSIUM (9AM-4PM) at HCA. Presentations by various professionals provide an opportunity to learn about preservation, restoration, affordable housing and community culture; ideas exchange followed by Q & A.
Saturday, April 8: STREET JAM BETWEEN 2 SHOTGUNS (6-9PM) Ave L between 8th and 9th Streets. Live music featuring the music of 20th century Apalachicola; bar-b-que dinners for sale.
Sunday, April 9: “BLESS US ALL,” AN INTERFAITH SERVICE (9-10:30AM) Tabernacle of Faith, 8th Street between Avenues H and I. Ministers of several local churches will lead us in a rousing outdoor church service.
Tuesday, April 18: PEARLS POETS (6:30PM) at HCA. To read your work, preregister at firstname.lastname@example.org. Poetry must be related to PEARLS.
Saturday, April 22: PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH FOLK ARTIST ERNEST LEE (1-3PM) at HCA. Lee has been called “Florida’s Van Gogh” and his work has been displayed across the country. Limited enrollment; sign up early! MEET & GREET with ERNEST LEE (5-7PM) at HCA.
Sunday, April 23: HIDDEN HOUSE TOUR (1-3PM) Convene at 1PM at Holy Family, 7th Street at Avenue L. A walking tour highlighting some of the all but disappeared shotguns on “the Hill.”
Thursday, April 27: “APALACHICOLA HILLSIDE ARCHIVE PROJECT” (6-8PM) at History, Culture & Art Center, Water Street. Oral histories of some of the Hill’s older residents filmed by “native daughter” Sarah Ocea Williams. Ms. Williams holds degrees in Digital Filmmaking and Media & Communications and is a member of NY Women in Film and TV .
Friday, April 28: CROSSING JORDAN (7-9PM) at Chapman Auditorium, Avenue E and 12th Street. A stage production of an award-winning children’s novel by Adrian Fogelin. The City’s Project Impact students performed this musical play six years ago; now the author, students, and members of the Panhandle Players team up to bring us once again this “sensitive portrayal of racial conflict in a Tallahassee neighborhood.”
Saturday, April 29 and Sunday April 30: CROSSING JORDAN (2-4PM) Matinee performances.
Saturday, April 29: CLOSING PARTY (6-8PM) at HCA. Mingle with the artists as we close out our month-long celebration of Apalachicola’s rich legacy of shotguns.
THROUGHOUT THE MONTH, you are invited to participate in (1) a self-guided walking tour of shotgun houses on the Hill, (2) using our interactive map and (3) our Story Corps program. The exhibit of photographs of Holy Family students and teachers will be open Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays from 2 to 5PM at Holy Family Senior Center on 7th Street and Avenue L. Visit our website at www.saveourshotguns.org.MORE DETAILS
This four-mile intermediate canoe/kayak trip will allow participants to experience the sights smells, and sounds of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world. This Spring Tour will explore the Spring blooms of Tate's Hell. Students will need to bring their own brown bag lunches and kayak/canoes. $22 fee. 10 am - 2 pm. Led by Instructor, Serge LaTour, Owner, LuLutra LLC, Kayak/Canoe Guide, Certified Green Guide. For more information and to register: http://tinyurl.com/zewudl7
Welcome to the 2nd Annual SGI Brewfest! The SGI Brewfest is a one day beer tasting festival designed to promote the appreciation of craft beer all while listening to live music and enjoying great food. The event is a fundraiser for the Franklin County Humane Society and all proceeds will benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Franklin County. The event will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Paddy’s Raw Bar and Journeys of St. George Island. VIP ticket holders and Early Admission ticket holders will be granted access beginning at NOON. General Admission ticket holders will be granted access at 1:00pm.
Ticket sales are very limited and TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE via the SGI Brewfest website. Tickets WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. Ticket holders will have the opportunity for unlimited tastings of a number of different beers. Food will be available for an additional charge. Enjoy live music throughout the event. Designated Driver ticket holders will have free water and sodas available. Brewers are being added daily so be sure to check the Brewfest website for the latest news and updates. Bring ID for age verification – For security and safety purposes no one under 21 years of age will be admitted.
Fore more information please visit: www.sgibrewfest.com
The spring migration is in full swing and St. George Island State Park is one of the best spots along the Forgotten Coast to experience it! Join Ranger Skip, the park’s resident “bird brain”, for a guided walk through our park’s most diverse habitats. We will discuss the mechanics of migration as well as how to quickly ID birds on the fly. This program is open to all experience levels, some binoculars and bird books will be available on loan, but if you have your own, bring them. The program will start at 9:00am in the youth camp area of the park on April 8th and continue at the same time every Saturday for the rest of the month. This program is free with paid admission into the park.MORE DETAILS
May 1 marks the beginning of loggerhead sea turtle nesting season on St. George Island and other beaches throughout Franklin County and Florida. The turtles will lay their eggs from May – September, with 50-150 baby turtles hatching after 45-60 days, usually at night. One female may nest several times in one season.
Florida has the highest number of sea turtles of any state in the continental US. Three species are common here including loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles. The Federal Endangered Species Act lists all of sea turtles in Florida as either threatened or endangered. In 2016, Franklin County reported 1116 Loggerhead nests, according to the Florida Statewide Nesting Beach Survey.
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Discover the important role oysters play in the health of Apalachicola Bay. We will learn about what makes Apalachicola Bay so ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their distinct taste and how oysters benefit the ecosystem. Rain date is May 18th. Please register for class in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at 850-670-7743 or send an email to email@example.com or Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.MORE DETAILS
More than 20 nationally acclaimed artists along with several hundred art enthusiasts will gather on Florida's Forgotten Coast soon to participate in the 12th annual Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Invitational, America's Great Paint-Out, May 5-14, 2017. The event will include several exhibit venues stretching from Carrabelle more than 100 miles west along the coast to Mexico Beach. The event features daily artist demonstrations, workshops, art sales and a series of public receptions. This year focuses on local culture with an emphasis on the people, the places and stories behind the plein air paintings. Art enthusiasts can visit the exhibits and attend the many free special events that occur throughout the 10 day event.MORE DETAILS
A time-honored tradition, the “Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour” is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Trinity Episcopal Church pays homage to all the home and garden owners who have generously shared their homes and gardens with visitors for a quarter of a century. Join the festivities as we wow you with this year’s selections of homes and gardens. From a stately mansion and two-story homes to tiny houses, we have a delightful array of dwellings to share with you.
Co-chairpersons, Beverley Connors and Ginger Madewell, announced today that plans are underway for the 25th Annual “Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour” sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church. The tour is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to Apalachicola, FL on Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, 2017.
With great pleasure, we present the residence of Mariterese and Pat Balthrop as the featured home of the tour. This palatial Victorian stands as a paragon of style and boasts an august history in Apalachicola. The dwelling was completed in 1896 and was built for George and Elizabeth Porter Ruge. George Ruge was a co-partner in the Ruge Brothers Canning Company which utilized pasteurization to become Florida’s first successful seafood packer. The property, on which the resplendent home is set, occupies half of a city block. A deep and wide wrap-around veranda welcomes guests to turn back their watches to a more refined and slower-paced era. Since the house was purchased in 2013, upgrades have been made to the kitchen and master bath, but the original integrity of the house has been respected by the Balthrops who are only the third owners. The impressive foyer, with its beamed ceilings, rich heart pine floors and cypress wood paneling, culminates in an imposing staircase framed by triple-arch pilasters, setting the tone for the grand scope of the home. The interior décor, furnishings and art are in keeping with the home’s magnificent style. Filled with artworks by American and international artists, they reflect both the diversity valued by the owners and their wide-ranging travels. Visitors will marvel at the scale and ornamentation of this spectacular house.
Evensong service at Trinity Episcopal Church, the traditional opening for the home tour, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5, followed by a reception to which all are invited. Homes will be open only on Saturday, May 6, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at $25 each on our website or at the church office through Friday, May 5. On Saturday, May 6, tour tickets will be $30 and ticket sales commence at 9:30 a.m. A luncheon will be served at Benedict Hall on the grounds of Trinity Church from 11:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. on the day of the tour (tickets are $12). Simultaneous with the tour, a silent auction will be he held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Guests to Apalachicola can enhance their weekend experience by allowing time to visit the many historical buildings and churches, museums, inns and parks that mark this historic town as a truly original locale. We welcome you to join us for the weekend and come back again and again.MORE DETAILS
The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will be hosting a bay friendly landscaping workshop on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 1:00-3:30 pm. Yard design and maintenance can have a big effect on adjacent water bodies. Participants in the workshop will learn about resources to help them transform their yard into a luscious bay conscious landscape. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens, green roofs, and bio-swales. Following the discussion portion of the workshop participants will have the option, for a small fee, to assemble their own rain barrel that they can take home. The workshop will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. The class is free, but rain barrels are $20.00 per barrel. Please register for the class in advance.MORE DETAILS
Come Celebrate at Sometimes It's Hotter, on St George Island! Starting at 4:00. This is a fundraiser to benefit Franklin County Public Libraries. There will be tacos, nachos, beer, wine, and margaritas. There will also be a silent auction, raffles, a book sale, and live music.
Grab your kayak and head to the coast May 5-7 and join in what organizers hope will be another world-record attempt to gather the largest number of kayaks together in one floating mass to break the current Guiness world record. The three-day Forgotten Coast PaddleJam event is sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Paddle Club. The Guiness World record attempt is just one activity planned as part of the area-wide fund-raising event featuring paddle sports, music and food. Other activities planned include kayak and SUP races and live music throughout the county.MORE DETAILS
The Artists of Apalachicola Area (AAA) will host their 4th Annual Members Show May 6-21. Featured will be original artwork by local and surrounding area artists.. These works will include Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting of oil, pastel and watercolor, Jewelry and Photography . An opening reception will held on May 6 from 4-6 pm. at. Also on display, a "New Zealand Expedition" Show will be on exhibit through June 30.MORE DETAILS
Stay in Apalachicola after the Trinity Tour of Homes Saturday, May 6 and enjoy the Apalachicola Historic Society's annual Spring Ghost Tour walk of the Historic Chestnut Street Cemetery in Apalachicola. History enthusiasts take on the personna of several of the cemetery’s more notable inhabitants to tell of life in Apalachicola more than 100 years ago. The walk will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm.MORE DETAILS
The ILSE NEWELL FUND FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS INCONCERT SERIES 2016-17 presents SEAHAWKS Concert Band beginning at 4:00 PM.MORE DETAILS
Coastal erosion is a natural process caused by currents, wave action, wind, storms and even boat wakes. The traditional methods using to harden the shoreline like seawalls and rip rap can often increase coastal erosion and remove the ability of the shoreline to carry out natural processes. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) will host a workshop on Living Shorelines on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, 2:00-4:00 pm. The workshop will discuss living shorelines vs. harden shorelines, how to evaluate a shoreline by considering the physical factors such as wave energy, prevailing wind and wave direction, vegetation, and soil type, and present living shoreline methods, materials, permitting, and share success stories of local living shorelines. We will also look at types of plants to plant and visit a local living shoreline. The lecture is free, registration is suggested. For more information, please contact Anita Grove at 850-670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.usMORE DETAILS
Rock by the Sea (RBTS), a charity music festival, returns to St. George Island for its 11th Spring event for 4-nights of music. The first night on May 10 is the Pre-Party and free to attend at Harry A’s on St. George Island. RBTS raises money for pediatric cancer treatment, research, and other deserving children’s charities. This year they are focusing their efforts on University of Florida’s Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program. Rock by the Sea, for the first time, is partnering with ABC2 (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure) (http://www.abc2.org) in a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000. Last year RBTS donated $35,000 to the UF program and have a goal this year to raise at least $60,000. This match could mean $110,000 to this program that is making real headway in clinical trials to weaponize a child's own immune system to seek out and destroy cancer cells.
ABC2 was born out of the massive need for brain tumor research. While basic scientific discoveries tell us more about cancer with each passing year, more than 90% of research stops at the financial “Valley of Death,” never to be translated from knowledge into new therapies for patients. This is why the UF Health’s BTIP has their interest. They are reaching patients and making strides with Immunotherapy, a very promising new technique.
Drug discovery and development can take 10 to 15 years. When ABC2 backed Genentech to get Avastin approved by the FDA for glioblastoma, it became the first new brain cancer drug approved since 1999. Meanwhile, the median life expectancy of someone with glioblastoma is only about 18 months. Today in the US, 42 men, women and children lost their lives to brain cancer. It happened yesterday, and unless things change, it will happen again tomorrow.
“They noticed our support of the fine program at UF Health with Dr. Mitchell that they too support and thought together we can probably increase these donations,” said Beth Gosnell, President of RBTS. “We are thrilled and inspired to raise as much money as we possibly can to maximize this match. “ABC2 is thrilled to partner with Rock by the Sea. We look for unique and different ways to make a difference in brain cancer research. We have supported Dr. Mitchell and his team’s research for a number of years and when we saw that the festival benefited his program we couldn’t wait to get involved!” Mindy Hoff, Fundraising and Events Manager.
If you have ever been inclined to support Rock by the Sea OR UF Health, but can’t make it to the event, we hope people will go on line and donate or mail a check. All the information is on. the website. (www.rockbythesea.org) The event on St. George Island is over 4 nights and 22 bands and singer/songwriters, including Steve Everett, Michael Tolcher, Tony Lucca, of Season 3 of the Voice, Paul Pfau of the Voice’s Season 8 and Team Pharrell. There will be a golf outing, an on-ine Silent Auction and Raffle, as well as a wine pull and other fundraising activities. People come from all over the country for this long weekend. For more information, go to www.rockbythesea.org or facebook.com/rockbythesea
Do you know what an estuary is and why it is so vital to our economy and way of life?
Join the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve on Friday, May 12th, 12:00-4:00pm to explore the estuary we depend on. Participants will learn about the habitats and creatures that make up our estuary and how the river and bay are intricately connected. We will see these habitats up close aboard the Reserve’s research vessel the Henry Lee. The workshop will be based at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328. The class is $20.00. Please register in advance. For more information contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us. Rain date is May 26th.MORE DETAILS
Come and join us at St. George Island State Park for a beginner's guide to kayaking. Staff and volunteers will be holding a Kayaking 101 program to learn basic paddling skills, learn about the park and will discover a few common plants, trees, and wildlife. Registration is capped at 10, so contact us early to reserve your spot. Kayaks will be available at the park or you may bring your own if you like. All participants are required to wear a life jacket. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The training will last about 60 minutes and the on-water tour lasts about 1-2 hours, paddling a distance of approximately 2 miles. Program is free with your paid admission in to the park.MORE DETAILS
‘Reserve Wednesday’ Talks for the Spring of 2017
ANERR’s Reserve Wednesday’ talks are hosted on the third Wednesday of every month, from 2pm to 3pm at the ANERR Nature Center located at 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328. Registration is not required, but seating is limited. Call for more information: (850) 670-7700.
February 15: Florida’s Bears, Speaker: Kaitlin Goode, FWC
March 15: Seagrass Awareness, Speaker: Jon Brucker, Central Panhandle Aquatic Preserves
April 19: Tracking Fish Movement in Apalachicola Bay, Speaker: Chip Cotton, PhD, FSU Coastal and Marine Lab
May 17: Wildflowers, Speaker: Erik Lovestrand, Franklin County IFAS Extension
Come and join us at St. George Island State Park for a beginner's guide to kayaking. Staff and volunteers will be holding a Kayaking 101 program to learn basic paddling skills, learn about the park and will discover a few common plants, trees, and wildlife. Registration is capped at 10, so contact us early to reserve your spot. Kayaks will be available at the park or you may bring your own if you like. All participants are required to wear a life jacket. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The training will last about 60 minutes and the on-water tour lasts about 1-2 hours, paddling a distance of approximately 2 miles. Program is free with your paid entrance in to the park.MORE DETAILS
“Look, Listen & Learn” Program Series - The Civil War: Loss & Peril on the Forgotten Coast
Dale Cox, a Southern writer and historian, is the author of more than one dozen books on Southern history and culture. His acclaimed Civil War study - "The Battle of Marianna, Florida" - was named best in its category by Civil War Books & Authors. His newest book is “The Fort at Prospect Bluff: History of the Negro Fort on the Apalachicola River”. He will be sharing the stories and artifacts of the loss and perils of the Civil War along the Forgotten Coast. May of 1863 was a perilous time to be in the Forgotten Coast with two major tragedies - the explosion of the warship, CSS Chattahoochee on the Apalachicola River and the hurricane that hit the coast between Apalachicola and St. Marks. 10 am - 1 pm. Presented by the Carrabelle History Museum.MORE DETAILS
The Crooked River Lighthouse Park will host the Coastal Blessing where church leaders from the Carrabelle community will share a blessing for the coast and a safe hurricane season from the top of the lighthouse tower at 3 pm. All are welcome to attend this free event that has become an annual tradition at the lighthouse. Light refreshments will be available after the ceremony. Come early or stay after and enjoy the Keeper's House Museum.MORE DETAILS
Participants will take home a lifelong hobby and leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Lessons include knot tying, cast netting, rod and reel rigging, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more. If conditions allow, women will have the opportunity to practice their newly learned skills by fishing from shore. This event is a catch-and-release activity. All participants must have a valid recreational saltwater fishing license unless exempt. Fishing equipment and bait are provided during the clinic but participants are encouraged to bring their own gear. Advanced registration is required. Program and entrance fees are free to participants.MORE DETAILS
The Tallahassee Builders Association 29th Annual Saltwater Fishing Tournament will be held at C-Quarters Marina. There will be cash prizes for In-Shore and Off-Shore Grand Slams and the largest fish of various species.MORE DETAILS
Annual Fisherman's Choice Youth Fishing Tournament. Kids 16 and under will fish for fresh and saltwater species. Each entry receives a t-shirt, and after the tournament, entrees are invited to attend a cookout at Fisherman's Choice in Eastpoint. Entry is free and generally about 200 kids sign up.MORE DETAILS
The Moorings of Carrabelle will host the 29th Annual Big Bend Classic on Father's Day Weekend. All of the proceeds from the Big Bend Saltwater Classic are used to develop artificial reefs in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico.MORE DETAILS
Kids from all over the South are invited to attend the 13th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. Open to all kids 16 and younger. Registration is required on-site. Sponsored by Jimmie Crowder of C-Quarters Marina.MORE DETAILS